Each week, Footballguys staff members will share the big movers in their respective Dynasty Rankings. Since the contributors will rotate, please check in weekly. The focus of this article will be on the “why” more than the movement itself. Dynasty Rankings are fluid and we hope that sharing the rationale will help you in your quest to create dynasties with all your teams. The diversity of rankings will result in a variety of opinions weekly.
Teddy Bridgewater - Bridgewater leads a collection of backups moving up the ranks thanks to significant injuries to long-time starters. The Saints paid Bridgewater handsomely for this exact situation, and in turn, it provides the Saints an opportunity to continue to push for a playoff spot in Drew Brees’ absence. It’s been a long time since Bridgewater played meaningful football, and while there’s little risk he can manage the Saints in real life, there are far greater questions about his fantasy viability. For now, he jumps into the bottom tier of starting quarterbacks.
Daniel Jones - Jones didn’t have to wait long for his shot, and Giants fans are overjoyed with the early returns. In two starts, Jones is completing nearly 70% of passes, throwing downfield, and using his legs to avoid the pass rush and gain first downs. It’s too early to say the Giants got the pick right, but it’s hard not to be impressed. The Giants offense has new life, despite Saquon Barkley’s injury, and Jones could be on the verge of cementing himself as a fantasy-caliber quarterback for years to come.
Lamar Jackson - It’s time. Jackson has been a steady riser in the last few months and is now squarely in the upper tier of dynasty quarterbacks. We all knew he was an effective runner, but Jackson has been a terrific passer, too. He’s completing 65% of his passes and has ten touchdowns against two interceptions through four games. He’s also not putting himself in undue harm and is diligently sliding or getting out of bounds to avoid pressure when appropriate.
Tom Brady - Brady vaulted up the rankings a few weeks ago when it looked like Antonio Brown was joining the team. But the Brown saga lasted one week, and although the Patriots are undefeated, the offense looks more like the good-not-great version we foresaw in the preseason. Brady is 42 years old, and that must factor into his dynasty value even if he’s playing like a fringe fantasy starter this season.
Kirk Cousins - This summer many people worried the Vikings passing attack would stumble under new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. I pushed back against the narrative and was wrong. The worst fears are coming true, as the Vikings passing attack looks inept. The talent is there – Cousins has been a top-10 fantasy quarterback every season of his starting career – but a month into the season is long enough to worry the status quo is problematic. Cousins can vault back up the rankings with a change in play-callers.
Ben Roethlisberger - Roethlisberger’s season-ending injury could also be the end of his career. The future Hall of Famer has hinted at retirement previously, and one must wonder whether he has the drive to fight back for the 2020 season. Either way, his age is a concern – he does not take care of his body like Tom Brady and Drew Brees do – as is the declining talent pool in Pittsburgh.
Mitchell Trubisky – Yes, Trubisky is injured, but if you have followed the Bears at all this season, you spent most of the Minnesota game thinking ‘Trubisky couldn’t make that throw’ as you watched Chase Daniel game-manage the Bears to victory. Chicago won’t replace their franchise quarterback with a guy like Daniel, but don’t be surprised if they do give Trubisky plenty of time to get back to 100%. When you look at how Patrick Mahomes II and Deshaun Watson perform compared to Mitch, you can’t help wondering how much longer Chicago will give him to develop.
Jameis Winston – Winston had over 750 yards passing and seven touchdowns against just two interceptions over the last two weeks. Tampa Bay isn’t as bad as people originally thought and Winston is looking good after a rough start to the season. As Chris Godwin becomes a solid #2 option opposite Mike Evans, Winston’s stock will continue to rise.
Dak Prescott – It pains me to knock Prescott down a couple of pegs, but the Cowboys kept the Saints out of the end zone this week and Prescott failed to move the offense. After three great games against three poor opponents, Prescott came up empty in a game the Cowboys could have easily won. If he struggles this week against Green Bay, you might want to consider selling Prescott before the bottom falls out. He’s not going to face Miami every week.